News Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Haïti Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Haiti’s culture and communications minister, Marie-Laurence Jocelyn-Lassègue, has given her support for the Media Operations Centre installed in Port-au-Prince by Reporters Without Borders and Quebecor. Their representatives are to meet with her in the capital this morning (at 9 a.m. local time) to discuss the way the centre will function and the choice of journalists to run it.The centre’s mandate is to:1- make the equipment that Haitian journalists need to work available to them2- act as a place where they can meet their international colleagues3- offer the various organisations that defend journalists in Haiti a place where they can operate4- act as a news centre for the various government authorities and NGOs that want to address as many media as possible5- advise and assist the government and its partners as regards relaunching news media that were hit by the 12 January earthquake, both in the capital and provinces, especially in the towns of Petit-Goâve, Grand-Goâve and Léogâne, which were very badly affected.Located on Cheriez Street in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Canapé-Vert, the centre has room for up to 20 journalists to work at any one time, a news conference room that can hold 40 people and a terrace that can hold 60 people. It will have broadband Internet, telephone lines, an audio and video conference system, a satellite TV link and printers, as well as facilities for journalists in distress.Canada’s governor-general, Mickaëlle Jean, plans to address a message in Creole to the Haitian people via the centre tomorrow. We invite Haitian President René Préval to hold a meeting with the press in the centre and we hope that the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the countries with particularly close ties with Haiti will also chose this way to make a concrete commitment to the reconstruction of the Haitian media.According to Mark Harvey, leading the European response for Internews, an international media development organization which has been designated by UNOCHA to coordinate all international media assistance efforts to Haiti, “Local journalists in Port-au-Prince are the vital link between the humanitarian relief and the Haitian population who is desperate for information. Haitian media professionals are struggling to get back to their vital work, and the importance of the work of Reporters Without Borders in helping to do this cannot be underestimated.”This centre belongs to Haiti’s journalists. Its ability to continue operating in the medium term will depend on the technical and financial assistance it receives from other NGOs, international bodies and foreign media.Reporters Without Borders and Quebecor would finally like to pay tribute to four journalists who died in the earthquake: Wanel Fils of Radio Galaxie in Port-au-Prince, Franklin Laurent and Leiva Jasmin (disappeared) of Radio Koha, and Bazelais Volcy of Radio Echo 2000 in Petit-Goâve.With the support of RSF_en November 14, 2019 Find out more Organisation News June 11, 2019 Find out more to go further Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News January 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media Operations Centre gets backing from Haitian government Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas HaïtiAmericas October 11, 2019 Find out more Another journalist murdered in Haiti
By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT — At a regular meeting of the governing body Tuesday, the borough council introduced its proposed municipal budget of $3.9 million, one that would increase the tax rate to .765 cents for each assessed $100 of property.Councilman William Keeler, who chairs the council’s finance committee, said the borough has lost nearly $600,000 in state aid in the last decade, with $135,000 lost to the borough in 2012.“If not for this loss of funding,” Keeler said, “the borough’s conservative strategy would have resulted in no tax increase for 2011 nor 2012.”Keeler went on to say borough property owners pay $1,000 less a year in property taxes than the county or state average.The projected increase would mean that the owner of a $300,000 home would pay an additional $80.10 for the year, Keeler said. That would bring the municipal portion of the tax bill for the $300,000 homeowner to $2,295, according to Michael Bascom, the borough’s chief financial officer.This budget reflects a 2.3 percent spending increase from the 2011 budget, Keeler said.“I feel that it is a responsible and practical budget that maintains our present level of service,” Mayor Dina Long said following the meeting.“Just like everywhere else,” she continued, “in Sea Bright we’ve perfected the art of doing more with less.”Officials plan to hold their formal budget hearing on April 17, Keeler said.
RED BANKThe 8th annual Red Kettle Classic basketball tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Salvation Army Community Center, 180 Newman Springs Road.Boys and girls teams from middle schools will participate: Holy Cross, Rumson; St. James, red bank; Shrewsbury; Knollwood, Fair Haven; Red Bank Charter and Seashore Day, Long Branch.Doors will open at 8 a.m. The first game will begin at 8:30 a.m. The final game is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.Admission is $5 for adults, children are $1 or a contribution of canned or packaged food.Door prizes will be offered.The event is sponsored by United Teletech Financial Federal Credit Union. * * * * *Monmouth County Historical Association will again participate on Friday, Dec. 7, in the annual Holiday Lantern Tours of Shrewsbury’s Historic Four Corners, a National and State designated Historic District.The historic buildings at the corner of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue will be open to welcome the public. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and are by reservation only.The tours will include four historic properties: Monmouth County Historical Association’s Allen House, which was built circa 1710; Christ Church (1769); the Presbyterian Church (1822); and Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House (1816).At the Allen House, which served the community as a tavern in the mid-18th century, visitors will be greeted by the tavern keeper and his family who will illustrate tavern life through dramatic first-person storytelling. Live instrumental music and singing by Heather MacDonald will be followed by cookies and cider generously donated by Foodtown in Red Bank, and general merriment.In Christ Church, the Rev. Harry Finch, who served as rector from 1830 – 1863, along with many of his notable 18th and 19th century parishioners, will be on hand to guide visitors through the church. Christ Church’s bazaar opens on the night of Lantern Tours for visitor shopping.Tours of the Presbyterian Church will also be offered; the second church building on that site constructed 22 years after their original church burned in 1800.Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House, learn more about the Quakers’ unique style of worship, and be treated to light refreshments.Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tours leave from Christ Church at 380 Sycamore Ave.Reservations are available by calling Renee at 732-915-5862. SHREWSBURYThe Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., will be holding its annual Christmas bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.The bazaar is sponsored by Presbyterian Women and proceeds will be given away to missions.The event features homemade food, handmade crafts, gifts, toys, fresh floral arrangements, jewelry and more.All are welcome. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Library will present a solo violin recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, by Joel DeWitt at the library.DeWitt’s program will include the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.115 by Sergey Prokofiev, and the Sonata for Solo violin (1944) by Bela Bartok.Joel DeWittDeWitt studied with Carroll Glenn at the Eastman School and with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. He received a fellowship with the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed as a freelance musician in New York; and as a member of Columbus Symphony, Virginia Opera Association, NJ New Philharmonic, and Metro Lyric Opera. He has given many recitals, and performs frequently at services for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County and at Unity by the Shore in Neptune.DeWitt is a trustee of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, and the violinist in the Corialis piano trio.The program is free to the public.For more information, please call the library at 732-291-1956.MIDDLETOWNLet’s Learn about Learning Disabilities, presented by Dr. Pauline Nelson will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.Nelson is a clinical psychologist with more than 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings on both the East and West coasts.She will outline different kinds of learning disabilities, and their respective signs and symptoms. Nelson will also talk about how a diagnosis is made and interventions and assistance available.The event is free but registration is required and may be made at @mtpl.org.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction with half of the proceeds being donated to local storm relief efforts will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or e-mailing [email protected] Authors of ‘The Jersey Sting’ Talk About Their Book RUMSON – Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman will talk at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, about the events that inspired their book, The Jersey Sting: A true story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down at Congregation B’nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road.The talk is free and open to the public.The authors will sign books following their talk.The Jersey Sting details one of the largest federal sting operations in United States history, which included key figure Solomon Dwek, a failed real estate investor from Deal, as an undercover informant for the FBI.The sting ended in the arrest of 44 people including three mayors, two legislators, five orthodox rabbis and a man who arranged black market kidney transplants.The book, crafted from thousands of pages of documents, transcripts of federal wiretaps, court records and sworn depositions, takes the reader deep inside the case.Margolin and Sherman are investigative reporters with long histories covering New Jersey for the Star-Ledger.Sherman is still an investigative reporter with the paper while Margolin is now a senior reporter, covering politics and national security at the New York Post.The event is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee at Congregation B’nai Israel.Additional information is available by calling CBI Executive Director Henry Silberman at 732-842-1800 or e-mailing him at [email protected]
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all buggedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says everyone is bugged after responding to their hacking scandal.In 2013, City’s online scouting network had been hacked by a rival Premier League club who accessed their database of player targets.The Scout 7 system was password protected – but City believe their network was illegally accessed.It’s emerged in The Times that Liverpool are believed to have made City a £1million payment in a confidential settlement of the data breach.Guardiola said: “Today there are not secrets any more. Look what happened in the big governments in the states and Russia and everywhere everyone knows it.“No secrets anymore. You want to keep a secret? Don’t tell to a friend, on devices or mobile phone, today anything can happen.”
HALIFAX – Halifax has submitted its pitch to lure online retail giant Amazon to the city, but even the bid’s biggest proponent admits it’s a long shot.Mayor Mike Savage would not reveal specifics about the city’s submission for the company’s new headquarters, but said Halifax’s quality of life was emphasized.“If Amazon wants to give employees a city that they can fall in love with, I think Halifax is that city,” said Savage in an interview ahead of Thursday’s deadline for proposals.“If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can offer, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player. But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a number of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to make.”More than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada have expressed interest in pursuing the project, and Savage conceded Halifax’s bid is a “long shot.”But he said regardless of whether Halifax wins, the effort has positioned the city to attract other tech businesses.“The city has been growing for a number of years now. We’ve become a tech hub. We could not have bid on this five years ago. But now we have so many companies in that sector that have proven that you can make a living in Halifax,” said Savage.Amazon announced last month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend US$5 billion to build the new headquarters for as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Savage said he’s aware Halifax does not meet all the requirements, but said that doesn’t mean the city is not a “serious competitor.”Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, have expressed interest in pursuing the project, but it is unclear how many will submit a bid by Thursday.Amazon has said it will make a final decision on the second headquarters next year.
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On Saturday, the government filed its response to petitions seeking review of the Supreme Court’s December 14, 2018 order upholding the Rafale aircraft deal. Though the government had sought four weeks time, the court had only allowed four days before the matter was due to be taken up today. Four week’s time seems like an inflated request especially when the government managed to deliver its response in just four days as per the directive of the apex court. In its affidavit, the government argued that “the monitoring of the progress made by the PMO of this government-to-government process cannot be construed as interference or parallel negotiations”. Now the government cited a supervisory provision as exercised by the Prime Minister’s Office which cannot be considered, say by any stretch of the imagination, as parallel negotiation. A straight answer to allegations citing active involvement of PMO in the fighter-jet deal corroborated by MoD (Ministry of Defence) notes which were published by The Hindu and clearly outlined how “parallel parleys” had “weakened the negotiating position of MoD and the Indian negotiation team”. So if the review petitioners had a leaked MoD note, on which the government made several attempts to prevent its admissibility, it was only natural for the government to put forward the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s words that “it appears that PMO and French President’s office are monitoring the progress of the issues, which was an outcome of the summit meetings”. In a way, both of these pieces of literature are mere “selective” remarks. But the government asserted that these “selective” reports, based on some “incomplete internal file notings, procured unauthorisedly and illegally”, did not reflect the final decision of the competent authority. Well, it is definitely up to the apex court bench to decide how incomplete the internal file notings are, or seek the remaining part which would aid in establishing the complete note. The final decision of the competent authority would only be revealed once the complete notings are available and since part of those has already been admitted by the court for the review petition, legally or illegally at this point is irrelevant, there should not be any trouble in submitting the entire of it on government’s part. Also because it is the government who has argued that incomplete notings did not reflect the final decision. But it further asserted that the incomplete notings could not form the basis for a review petition. While it is invited to submit anything it has to, reminding the apex court of what ‘could not’ form the basis for a review petition currently remains out of the government’s hands. That is for the bench to decide. Further, the government, specifically disappointed due to its unsuccessful repeated attempts to prevent the court from admitting Rafale purchase documents published in the media for review petitions, cited the broader picture. It said that the April 10 order of the apex court to hear the review petitions based on media publishings of leaked documents implies that any secret document can be obtained through any means and put in the public domain without attracting penal action. The government exemplified its understanding by citing how “this could lead to the revelation of all closely guarded State Secrets pertaining to space, nuclear installations, strategic defence capabilities, operational deployment of forces, intelligence resources in the country and outside, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency measures, etc. This could have implications in the financial sector also if, say budget proposals are published before they are presented in Parliament.” It cautioned that “such disclosures of secret government information will have grave repercussions on the very existence of the Indian State”. The government’s apprehensions regarding the misuse of the court’s action in Rafale review petition hearing which set a specific precedent might be real, but not relevant. The learned bench in the April 10 order had clearly outlined that “there is no provision in OSA and no such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice by which Parliament has vested power in the executive arm to restrain the publication of documents marked secret or from placing such documents before a court of law which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue”. In simple terms, it meant that the court is simply facilitating the matter which, much to the government’s discomfort, falls under legal purview. The media publishings have been included to aid in the judicial proceedings and not because a secret had to be disclosed to the general public. There is no reason for people to steal secret state documents and publish them unless those are controversial and involve instance of corruption or any other illicit activity, which then deserves to be in the public light. As for penal action, stealing is in itself punishable and hence stealing secret documents, in any case, attracts penal action without denial. The government can go ahead and investigate how the MoD documents got leaked to media but again, that remains irrelevant to the case. There has been no such recorded instance of disclosures of secret government information being procured through illicit means to be published in the media or produced before a court without any controversy swirling around it like in the case of Rafale. Also Read – A strong standpointWhile citing that the scope of the review petition is “extremely limited”, the government apprised the apex court that its December 14 judgement has no apparent error warranting its review. Having objected the admissibility of the leaked documents, the government had brought OSA to its rescue. When the court sidelined any privilege that the government might be seeking under OSA, the government’s latest response views it as “incomplete internal file notings” and points to the “selective” reports that the petitioners have used in the review petition, citing how the complete picture is not clear through those. It also cautions ramifications of allowing such documents to be considered for the case. Arguments made by the government, while not being wrong, sounds mere wordplay. From OSA to “incomplete” documents, the point has been to not allow review petitions on SC’s December 14 order which gave Rafale deal a clean chit. The government is viewing the court as someone who, through the review petition, is allowing people to take advantage of the provisions that remain exclusive to Rafale case. The government has for long objected the leaked documents instead of explaining those. Even in its affidavit, it cites what the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had noted in context to PMO and French President’s office monitoring the deal but not what the leaked documents stated about “parallel parleys”. One wonders what the entire picture is regarding the competent authority because bits and pieces of something will not help in procuring truth. Today’s proceedings will definitely throw light on the incomplete file notings or the entire thread of exchanges between MoD and PMO if the government finds itself ready to apprise the court.
Rabat – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will pay an official visit to Morocco next May, Morocco’s ambassador and permanent representative at the UN office in Geneva, Omar Hilale, announced this Tuesday. The announcement was made by the diplomat during MAP’s forum themed “Morocco’s commitment for human rights”.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a one-set lead (26-24) against No. 19 Michigan, but dropped the next three sets (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) en route to a 3-1 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes seemed energized during the highly contested first set, which saw 16 ties and eight lead changes, winning on a game-point kill by outside hitter Anna Szerszen. The momentum did not hold for the Buckeyes, however, as Michigan jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the second set. OSU never recovered from the early deficit and headed into the break with the match tied at one set a piece. After the break, Michigan picked up right where it left off, jumping out to a 9-2 lead to start the third set. OSU cut the lead to 9-6 but could never climb back in the set. The last set was close through the first-half, featuring three ties, but Michigan began to pull away after gaining an 11-10 advantage. With Michigan’s lead 23-15, OSU began to fight back, riding outside hitter Katie Dull’s three consecutive kills, but fell short in the end. For the Buckeyes, Dull had a team-high 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and a solo block. Betsy Hone led the Buckeyes with 30 assists and Sarah Mignin was the team-leader in digs with nine. The Buckeyes had trouble getting into a rhythm the entire night. Following the game, the team spent some extended time in the locker room to work things out. “We had a really good conversation that was much needed,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “I think we are going to be better tomorrow. “We were just disconnected and it’s my job as a coach to get everyone connected again. The dynamic needed to be tweaked and it just didn’t feel like our team today, but we’ll move forward.” The Buckeyes recovered quickly, turning around Saturday night to sweep Michigan State at St. John Arena, three sets to none (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). Michigan State found itself leading the first set 14-8 before the Buckeyes made five consecutive points to get them back in the game. A kill by middle blocker Mariah Booth brought up game point, and a kill from Dull sealed the first set for the Buckeyes. Set two was close throughout, seeing seven ties and three lead changes. Michigan State led 10-8 before the Buckeyes scored nine unanswered points, making the score 17-10. OSU increased its lead to 21-13, but the Spartans fought back with six unanswered points of their own, making the score 21-19. A 4-3 run to close the set gave OSU the 2-0 set lead. OSU jumped out early in the third set and never looked back. At 23-17, a kill by middle blocker Kelli Barhorst gave OSU match point. A 24-18 Spartan error gave OSU the match. Dull posted a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, two aces and a solo block. Amanda Peterson led the Buckeyes with 31 assists while Mignin was the team-leader in digs with 8. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play.